Early last month a Boeing 737-300 requiring an 8A check was the first aircraft to be towed into Ameco Beijing’s A380 hangar. A spokesman for the company said it is ready to support aircraft flying to the Olympic Games. The new hangar will simultaneously accommodate six widebody and four narrowbody aircraft, encompassing the spectrum of Boeing and Airbus airplanes, including the A380.
China Aviation Industry, the country’s largest state-owned air-plane manufacturer, said at the Paris Air Show last month it plans to design and build a 70- to 90-seat regional jet that will be 10 percent cheaper to buy and to operate than competitive aircraft from Bombardier and Embraer. Officials in Paris declined to give the price of the ARJ21, or when it would enter the market.
While other major manufacturers are struggling to find the right production organization or have spent years changing their minds about what product to launch next, Embraer has been quietly reaping the fruits of a sound management strategy, according to independent financial analysts.
Embraer and Airbus are trying to persuade fractional ownership operator Flight Options to switch its 25-aircraft commitment for Fairchild Dornier’s Envoy 7 business jet to their respective large cabin offerings, the Legacy and the Airbus Corporate Jetliner (ACJ).
Embraer president and CEO Mauricio Botelho reflected on the events of September 11 and their subsequent effect on the world’s aerospace industry with a quote from Argentine-born Cuban revolutionary Ernesto “Che” Guevara. “We must be tough without losing tenderness,” said Botelho during a lavish dinner affair the evening before the October 29 rollout of the newly branded 70-seat Embraer 170 regional jet.
Gore Design Completions (Booth No. 261), already a force in the narrow- and widebody completion and refurbishment industry, has just taken on what may be its biggest challenge to date–the executive/VIP outfitting of a head-of-state Boeing 777-200. The San Antonio, Texas-based company had previously done a 767 interior for the same central Asian customer and is working on the client’s Boeing 737-700 cabin.
Jet Aviation inaugurated a new hangar at its Basel completion facility on May 16, just days before the opening of EBACE. Capable of simultaneously accommodating an A380 and a B747, the facility covers more than 100,000 square feet. Another 100,000 square feet of office and shop space is to be added in the near future. The event was attended by 500 customers, suppliers, members of local authorities and the press.
Milwaukee-based Midwest Express has informed Brazil’s Embraer that it wants to delay delivery of its Skyway subsidiary’s first ERJ-140 regional jets until January 2004, roughly a year later than originally planned. Midwest Express attributed its decision to the generally weak condition of the airline industry and its desire to concentrate on the introduction of new Boeing 717s into its mainline fleet.
Bombardier is trying to sell Belfast City Airport in Northern Ireland. Less than two miles from the center of Belfast, the downtown airport has attracted growing volumes of regional airline and corporate traffic in recent years. Bombardier acquired the airport when it bought Short Brothers in 1989 along with its airplane factory, which is located on the same site.
The Russian government is considering softening the import tax requirements for business jets and certain types of on-board and airport equipment not produced domestically, according to Valery Voskoboinikov, deputy head of the Russian state agency Rosaviacosmos.